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On the Devil's Court

Carl Deuker (2008), 208 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Sports
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Struggling with his feelings of inadequacy and his failure to make the basketball team at his school, seventeen-year-old Joe Faust finds himself actually considering trading his soul for one perfect season of basketball.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 031606727X
ISBN-13: 9780316067270
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One-Handed Catch

MJ Auch (2006), 256 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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After World II, sixth-grader Norm loved to play baseball and to look at the new cars that were being produced in 1946. His parents owned a small store with a fresh meat department. Norm's father was the butcher. Sometimes Norm needed to help out in the store which leads to the plot of the story because he had an accident in the meat department. Norm has a best friend, Leon, who is opposite in character to Norm. Their friendship is an important part of the story and how Leon helps Norm overcome the effects of the accident. Ellie surprises Norm by being more than a pesky little sister. Norm gains new appreciation for his mother's strength and his father's feelings.
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: cjones
Date read: 5/9/2011
ISBN-10: 0805079009
ISBN-13: 9780805079005
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Open Court

Carol Clippinger (2007), 262 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Hall Braxton lives and breathes tennis, and she's a top-ranked player. At thirteen, it's not too early to be serious about training for a professional career. Ever since her doubles partner, trained by her coach, had a breakdown during a match and had to be taken to a mental health facility, Hall has been doubting her own dedication to the sport. Does she have what it takes to be a winner? Could the pressure take her out of the game? With her parents scoping out tennis academies, elite training schools for young tennis players, Hall needs to figure out what she wants before tennis takes over her entire future.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/3/2009
ISBN-10: 0375840494
ISBN-13: 9780375840494
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Over the Net

Jake Maddox (2009), 72 pages
Illustrated by Tuesday Mourning
Audience: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Sports
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Eighth grader Allie loves playing volleyball and wants to play on the high school team next year. She's great at blocking, but when it comes to hitting, she freezes. She enlists the help of her coach who has a varsity player work with her. She improves her skills but when she gets into a game on the court, her confidence fails. Then, it's the last game of the season and up her to save the day. Will her faith in herself overcome her fear?
Reviewed by: ewl
Date read: 2/12/2016
ISBN-10: 1434212130
ISBN-13: 9781434212139
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Owen Foote, Soccer Star

Stephanie Greene (1998), 96 pages
Illustrated by Martha Weston
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Fiction, Sports
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When eight-year-old Owen is old enough to join the town soccer league, he talks his best friend, Joseph, into joining with him. Trouble begins when Owen learns that Joseph cannot play very well, and they find that all the other kids on the team seem to be bigger, older, and even better at soccer than Owen. Owen and Joseph face a test of their game skills, and their friendship. If you enjoy this one, look for other books featuring Owen Foote.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/29/2009
ISBN-10: 0395861438
ISBN-13: 9780395861431
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